Newsflash: Winter Care in our Communities

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

The World Needs a Missional Church –
Pastoral Letter of the 2nd Quarter 2024:

English: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AFM Newsflash_English_isiZulu_12JUL24

Dear Colleague,

1. WINTER CARE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
1. UKUNAKEKELWA KWEMIPHAKATHI YETHU EBUSIKA

Philippians 2:4 encourages us to not only look to our own interests but also to the interests of others. This is especially true during the cold winter months. A few practical actions can make a big difference in our communities and show that we care.

As Pastors and leaders, we can initiate some of the following: Organize some members to regularly check in on elderly members, neighbours and those with health issues to ensure they have enough food, medicine, and heat. Ask members to consider offering rides to people without transport who must go to the shop or a doctor in cold conditions. Organize a drive to donate warm clothing and blankets to people in your community and to local shelters to help those in need. Organize an outreach with soup and non-perishable food items in your community. Stay connected with church and community members through social media or community groups to share updates on weather conditions and available resources.

These small acts of service reflect Christian values, embody the spirit of Christ, and can make winter a bit warmer for everyone in your community. Wherever you find people, you will find the AFM, caring and sharing.

KwabaseFiliphi 2:4 sikhuthazwa ukuthi singanaki okwethu kuphela kodwa sinake nokwabanye. Loku kubalulekile, ikakhulukazi, ngezinyanga zasebusika ezibandayo. Izinto ezimbalwa eziphathekayo zingenza umehluko omkhulu emiphakathini yethu futhi zibonise ukuthi siyayikhathalela.

Njengabefundisi nabaholi, singaqala okunye kwalezinto ezilandelayo: Hlela amalungu athile ukuthi ahlole njalo amalungu asekhulile ngeminyaka, omakhelwane nalabo abanezinkinga zempilo ukuqinisekisa ukuthi banokudla okwanele, imithi naloko okungenza bahlale befudumele. Cela amalungu ukuthi acabange ngokugibelisa abantu abangenazo izimoto lapho kumele baye ezitolo noma kodokotela ezimweni ezibandayo.

Hlela umgodla wokunikela ngezingubo ezifudumele nezingubo zokulala kubantu abasemphakathini wakho nasezindaweni ezihlala abantu abaswele. Yenza umkhankaso wokufinyelela abantu abahlwempu ngesobho nezinto zokudla, ezingaboli, emphakathini wakho. Hlala uxhumene namalungu ebandla kanye nomphakathi ngokusebenzisa izinkundla zokuxhumana noma uxhumane nalabo abasebenzela umphakathi ukwabelana ngezinguquko zesimo zezulu kanye nalapho abantu bangathola khona.

Lezi zenzo ezincane zokusiza zibonisa izisekelo zethu zokuziphatha zobuKristu, zihlanganisa umoya kaKristu, futhi zingenza ubusika buthi ukufudumala kancane kuwo wonke umuntu emphakathini wakho. Nomaphi lapho uthola khona abantu, uzoyithola i-AFM, inakekela futhi yabelana nabasweleyo.

2. APPLICATIONS FOR THE LEGACY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2024-2025 ARE NOW OPEN!
2. IZICELO ZOHLELO LWE-LEGACY LEADERSHIP 2024-2025 MANJE ZIVULEKILE!

We have been talking about the development of the next generation of leaders for many years, by God’s Grace, this intention was put into action in 2023. The AFM Legacy Leadership development program aims to develop a generation of God-fearing, Christ-like, Holy Spirit-filled leaders who will live, lead and leave a legacy for the church, the Kingdom of God and society at large.

All AFM members between the ages of 25-35 may apply. The course is free of charge to successful applicants. A self-explanatory brochure for The AFM Legacy Leadership Program is available at the following link: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

Please share the brochure with all the assemblies and Pastors in your constituency, as well as to potential candidates in your assembly and encourage them to apply. The due date for applications as indicated in the brochure, is Tuesday 30 July 2024.

Sekuyiminyaka eminingi sikhuluma ngokuthuthukiswa kwesizukulwane esilandelayo sabaholi. NgoMusa kaNkulunkulu, le nhloso yafakwa ekusebenzeni ngo-2023. Uhlelo lokuthuthukisa ubuholi be-AFM Legacy luhlose ukuthuthukisa isizukulwane sabaholi abesaba uNkulunkulu, abanezimpawu zoKristu, abangabaholi abagcwaliswe ngoMoya oNgcwele abazophila, bahole futhi bashiye umzekelo ozoba yifa lebandla, uMbuso kaNkulunkulu nomphakathi wonkana.

Onke amalungu e-AFM aphakathi kweminyaka engama 25-35 angafaka izicelo. Izifundo zimahhala kulabo abaphumelele ezicelweni zabo. Incwajana echaza kabanzi nge-The AFM Legacy Leadership Program iyatholakala kulesi sixhumanisi esilandelayo:

20240701 AFM LLP Brochure

Sicela wabelane ngale ncwajana kuwo wonke amabandla nabefundisi esifundeni sakho, futhi ukhuthaze bonke labo abangathanda ukungenela lezizfundo ebandleni lakho. Ubakhuthaze ukuthi bafake izicelo. Usuku okulindelele ukuthi lezizicelo zibe sezifikile ngalo nguLwesibili mhla zinga 30 kuNtulikazi 2024 njengoba kuphawuliwe kulencwajana.

3. INVITATION TO THE 2024 GBM & ABLAZE CONFERENCE

We hereby invite all Assembly delegates, NLF Members and representatives of the Church’s Departments and Standing Committees to attend the 2024 General Business Meeting (GBM) and Conference. Kindly take note of the following information:

AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) & ABLAZE National Conference 2024

Dates: 8-12 September 2024
Venue: Word and Life Church -Corner of Trichardts Rd &, Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registration Fee: 
R400.00 p/p for all who register before/on 15 August 2024. A Late Registration fee of R450.00 p/p will apply after 15 August 2024.

Registration Process:
Allows for two options: online and offline/usual-established registrations. The online registration option will be effective from Monday, 1 July 2024: http://afmregistrations.co.za/ –

OR

use the QR Code. For offline registrations, kindly use the provided registration form (only when online registration is not possible) available as Annexure C.

For quick and easy reference, click on the link below for access to:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The GBM & Conference Invitation_Circular
Annexure A: Minutes of the GBM 2022
Annexure B: Provisional Agenda
Annexure C: Offline Registration Form
Annexure C1: Registration Process
Annexure D: GBM Accommodation

The theme “ABLAZE” signifies a powerful ignition of passion, innovation, and transformation. It embodies a state of being fervently active, energetically engaged, and deeply inspired. Just as a blaze lights up the surroundings, this conference aims to know Him more deeply and make Him known to the world around us. We are looking forward to gathering as an AFM Family of God!

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Wintersorg In Ons Gemeenskappe

AGS van SA Kalender 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

Die wêreld het ‘n Missionale Kerk nodig –
Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024:

Engels: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AGS Nuusflits_Afrikaans_12JUL24

1. WINTERSORG IN ONS GEMEENSKAPPE

Filippense 2:4 moedig ons aan om nie net na ons eie belange om te sien nie, maar ook na die belange van ander.  Dit is veral waar gedurende die koue Wintermaande. ‘n Paar praktiese aksies kan ‘n groot verskil in ons gemeenskappe maak en wys dat ons omgee.

As Pastore en leiers kan ons van die volgende aksies inisieer: Organiseer ‘n paar lidmate om gereeld by bejaarde lidmate, bure en diegene met gesondheidskwessies in te loer om te verseker dat hulle genoeg kos, medisyne en hitte het. Vra lidmate om dit te oorweeg om aan mense sonder vervoer wat in koue toestande winkel of dokter toe moet gaan, vervoer te verskaf. Organiseer ‘n aksie om warm klere en komberse aan mense in jou gemeenskap en aan plaaslike skuilings te skenk om behoeftiges te help. Organiseer ‘n uitreik met sop en nie-bederfbare voedselitems in jou gemeenskap.

Bly in verbinding met kerk- en gemeenskapslede deur sosiale media of gemeenskapsgroepe om opdaterings oor weerstoestande en beskikbare hulpbronne te deel. Hierdie klein dade van diens weerspieël Christelike waardes, beliggaam die gees van Christus en kan die winter ‘n bietjie warmer maak vir almal in jou gemeenskap. Waar jy ook al mense kry, sal jy die AGS vind, wat omgee en deel.

2. AANSOEKE VIR DIE LEGACY LEADERSHIP-PROGRAM 2024-2025 IS NOU OOP!

Ons praat al jare lank oor die ontwikkeling van die volgende geslag leiers, deur God se genade is hierdie voorneme vanaf 2023 in werking gestel. Die AGS Legacy Leadership Program het ten doel om ‘n generasie van Godvresende, Christus gesentreerde, Heilige Geesvervulde leiers te ontwikkel wat ‘n impak vir die kerk, die Koninkryk van God en die breë samelewing sal leef, lei en nalaat. Alle AGS lidmate tussen die ouderdomme van 25-35 kan aansoek doen. Die kursus is gratis vir suksesvolle aansoekers.

‘n Selfverduidelikende brosjure vir die AGS Legacy Leadership Program is beskikbaar by die volgende skakel:

20240701 AFM LLP Brochure

Deel asseblief die brosjure met al die gemeentes en pastore in jou omgewing, asook met potensiële kandidate in jou gemeente en moedig hulle aan om aansoek te doen. Die sperdatum vir aansoeke soos aangedui in die brosjure, is Dinsdag 30 Julie 2024.

3. UITNODIGING NA DIE 2024 GBM & KONFERENSIE

Hiermee nooi ons graag alle Gemeente verteenwoordigers, NLF-lede, verteenwoordigers van die Kerk se departemente en Staande Komitees uit om die 2024 AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) en Konferensie by te woon. Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende inligting:

AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) & ABLAZE Nasionale Konferensie 2024

Datums: 8-12 September 2024
Plek: Woord en Lewe Kerk -Hoek van Trichardts Rd en Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registrasiefooi: 
R400.00 p/p vir afgevaardigdes wat voor/op 15 Augustus 2024 registreer. ‘n Laat registrasiefooi van R450.00 p/p sal na 15 Augustus 2024 geld.

Registrasieproses:
Die proses laat twee opsies toe: aanlyn en gewone registrasies. Die aanlyn registrasie-opsie sal vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024 beskikbaar wees by: http://afmregistrations.co.za/

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die QR-kode (ook beskikbaar vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024) kan gebruik word. Vir gewone registrasies, gebruik asseblief die registrasievorm wat beskikbaar is as Bylaag C in hierdie Nuusflits. Let wel dat ‘n gewone registrasie slegs gedoen moet word indien ‘n aanlyn registrasie nie moontlik is nie.

Vir vinnige en maklike verwysing, klik op die skakel hieronder vir toegang tot:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Uitnodiging na die GBM en Konferensie Omsendbrief

Bylaag A: Notule van die GBM 2022
Bylaag B: Voorlopige Agenda
Bylaag C: Gewone Registrasie Vorm
Bylaag C1: Registrasie Proses
Bylaag D: GBM Akkommodasie

Die tema “ABLAZE” dui op ‘n kragtige ontvlamming van passie, innovasie en transformasie. Dit simboliseer ‘n vurige begeerte en energieke betrokkenheid wat diep inspireer. Net soos ‘n vlam die omgewing verlig, het hierdie konferensie ten doel om Hom dieper te ken en aan die wêreld om ons bekend te maak. Ons sien uit daarna om as ‘n AGS Familie van God bymekaar te kom!

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Invitation to the GBM & Conference

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

The World Needs a Missional Church –
Pastoral Letter of the 2nd Quarter 2024:

English: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AFM Newsflash_Friday 28 June_2024

Dear Colleague,

1. INVITATION TO THE 2024 GBM & ABLAZE CONFERENCE

We hereby invite all Assembly delegates, NLF Members and representatives of the Church’s Departments and Standing Committees to attend the 2024 General Business Meeting (GBM) and Conference. Kindly take note of the following information:

AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) & ABLAZE National Conference 2024

Dates: 8-12 September 2024
Venue: Word and Life Church -Corner of Trichardts Rd &, Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registration Fee: 
R400.00 p/p for all who register before/on 15 August 2024. A Late Registration fee of R450.00 p/p will apply after 15 August 2024.

Registration Process:
Allows for two options: online and offline/usual-established registrations. The online registration option will be effective from Monday, 1 July 2024: http://afmregistrations.co.za/

OR

use the QR Code. For offline registrations, kindly use the provided registration form (only when online registration is not possible) available as Annexure C.

For quick and easy reference, click on the link below for access to:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The GBM & Conference Invitation_Circular
Annexure A: Minutes of the GBM 2022
Annexure B: Provisional Agenda
Annexure C: Offline Registration Form
Annexure C1: Registration Process
Annexure D: GBM Accommodation

The theme “ABLAZE” signifies a powerful ignition of passion, innovation, and transformation. It embodies a state of being fervently active, energetically engaged, and deeply inspired. Just as a blaze lights up the surroundings, this conference aims to know Him more deeply and make Him known to the world around us. We are looking forward to gathering as an AFM Family of God!

2. LAST CALL FOR WOMEN ON THE RUN!

This is the last call for AFM Sisters to register for the upcoming National Sisters Fellowship (NSF) Conference at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban:

National Sisters’ Fellowship Conference (12,13 & 14 July 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Uitnodiging na die 2024 GBM en Konferensie

AGS van SA Kalender 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

Die wêreld het ‘n Missionale Kerk nodig –
Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024:

Engels: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AGS Nuusflits_Vrydag 28 Junie_2024

 

Liewe AGS Kollega,

1. UITNODIGING NA DIE 2024 GBM & KONFERENSIE

Hiermee nooi ons graag alle Gemeente verteenwoordigers, NLF-lede, verteenwoordigers van die Kerk se departemente en Staande Komitees uit om die 2024 AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) en Konferensie by te woon. Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende inligting:

AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) & ABLAZE Nasionale Konferensie 2024

Datums: 8-12 September 2024
Plek: Woord en Lewe Kerk – Hoek van Trichardts Rd en Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registrasiefooi:
R400.00 p/p vir afgevaardigdes wat voor/op 15 Augustus 2024 registreer.’n Laat registrasiefooi van R450.00 p/p sal na 15 Augustus 2024 geld.

Registrasieproses:
Die proses laat twee opsies toe: aanlyn en gewone registrasies. Die aanlyn registrasie-opsie sal vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024 beskikbaar wees by: http://afmregistrations.co.za/ –

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die QR-kode kan ook gebruik word. Vir gewone registrasies, gebruik asseblief die registrasievorm wat beskikbaar is as Bylaag C in hierdie Nuusflits. Let wel dat ‘n gewone registrasie slegs gedoen moet word indien ‘n aanlyn registrasie nie moontlik is nie.

Vir vinnige en maklike verwysing, klik op die skakel hieronder vir toegang tot:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Uitnodiging na die GBM en Konferensie Omsendbrief
Bylaag A: Notule van die GBM 2022
Bylaag B: Voorlopige Agenda
Bylaag C: Gewone Registrasie Vorm
Bylaag C1: Registrasie Proses
Bylaag D: GBM Akkommodasie

Die tema “ABLAZE” dui op ‘n kragtige ontvlamming van passie, innovasie en transformasie. Dit simboliseer ‘n vurige begeerte en energieke betrokkenheid wat diep inspireer. Net soos ‘n vlam die omgewing verlig, het hierdie konferensie ten doel om Hom dieper te ken en aan die wêreld om ons bekend te maak. Ons sien uit daarna om as ‘n AGS Familie van God bymekaar te kom!

2. LAASTE KANS OM TE REGISTREER!

Dit is die laaste oproep vir AGS Susters om te registreer vir die komende National Sisters’ Fellowship (NSF)-konferensie by die Moses Mabhida-stadion in Durban:

National Sisters’ Fellowship Konferensie (12,13 & 14 Julie 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2024

AFM Pastoral Letter 2nd Quarter 2024

AFM Family,

On Saturday 25 May 2024, the AFM of SA celebrated a 116th Birthday anniversary since the church’s inception in 1908. The birthday celebrations included the traditional AFM Logo Day where all assemblies and members proudly shared and showcased the AFM Logo. The National Office Bearers (NOB) released special content on “Missional Actions and Values” as part of the celebrations – speaking directly to the heart and spirit of the AFM Member and explaining what the AFM stands for. We believe that the AFM was placed in South Africa for a reason, let us fulfil our redemptive and prophetic purpose with enthusiasm and diligence.

Jesus did not confine his ministry to religious spaces. He met people where they were – at work, in their homes, in the streets – everywhere. Being missional means following His example and reaching out to everyone, regardless of background or status. In our increasingly secular world, we need to rethink how we engage with our communities – being missional means embodying Christ’s love and presence in every part of our lives, becoming like Him in the impact we have in our own circle of friends, neighbourhoods, and workplaces.

Being Missional must never just be about concepts, plans, or words. It must become real in everyday Missional Action. The NOB will share these missional actions in short easily understandable video clips. I trust that all our members, Pastors, and Assembly Governing Bodies will be inspired to not only talk and plan around this but to dó accordingly. May every member of the AFM be inspired to know Jesus more and to make Him known!

“May every member of the AFM be inspired to know Jesus more and to make Him known!”

This Scripture implies that even though we might not be able to tell everyone about everything God has done for us, we should still share as much as we can. Whether it is something big like a miraculous healing or something small like providing for a particular need when we did not know how we would make it through. God has done so much for us, and it is worth talking about. When we do, it not only encourages others but also reminds us of just how faithful God has been. It is the strongest form of testimony about the reality of God’s presence in our lives. People may differ in religious beliefs and writings, but they cannot really argue against your personal experience. To share what God has done for you is to make Him known to the people around you. Let us spread the word and give glory to our amazing God who continues to do so much for us!

“God has done so much for us, and it is worth talking about.”

Jesus said, “…Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT). But it is not just about spreading the word; it is about guiding people to truly líve by it. If we are not doing that, we are not really following through on what Jesus asked. Discipleship is not just about learning; it’s about empowerment. That’s why new believers need a spiritual boost and be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). When you let the Holy Spirit lead, you naturally start to act more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). You will also grow in producing the fruits of the Spirit like – love, joy, peace, and the others we read about in Galatians 5:22.

But here’s the thing: We are falling short. Despite all the Christians around, our society is still rife with problems. Maybe it is because we’ve got many “in name only” Christians, but not enough true disciples. The church cannot save anyone; only God can. But it is our job to guide people towards Him, helping them grow into mature followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12). That means preaching, teaching, leading by example, and building real relationships. It is a big task, but that is what we are called for.

“Be actively involved in the Sunday services, ministries, and other activities of your church.”

The main goal is to grow as a true follower of Jesus who can carry out God’s mission. It is not true that only pastors are “called” and everyone else is just attending. Like every member of the AFM, you are called by God to be a full-time part of the body of Christ, sharing the message of Jesus through your life and work.

In the same way, we must keep an eye on how the resources of the church are being managed. It is part of our testimony as followers of Jesus and not about controlling people or stopping them from taking initiative. When we are sincere with God and honest with others, we will not shy away from accountability and transparency. Being open about our actions and decisions demonstrates integrity. Ultimately, it is about caring for God’s people and His interests.

Living with Godly integrity and character is not always easy, especially in a world filled with temptations and distractions. But by staying true to our beliefs, as a church and as individual members, being accountable, and acting with honesty and transparency, we can honour God and contribute to the well-being of His church.

“Being open about our actions and decisions demonstrates integrity.”

We encourage our pastors and members not to be exclusive, but to have a Kingdom-minded attitude. That means putting the growth of the Kingdom of God first and building relationships with other live-giving churches. It is not about people switching churches; it is about seeing God’s Kingdom grow everywhere. No single church can change a whole town or city by itself. With our mission in mind, we remember Jesus’s words in Luke 9:50: “If they’re not against us, they’re for us.” It is a basic principle of mission that churches should not be working against each other. We cannot truly be a mission-focused church if we ignore the wider body of Christ. Many outreach efforts would be more effective if churches worked together. We could celebrate events like Ascension Day and Christmas together, as well as join forces for community outreach.

Our mission to reach out to our communities is a big part of our missional action, and it is not just about preaching. It’s also about being relevant to the real-life issues people face. How much we can assist our communities, shows how successful we are in our mission. Think about it: If your church are closed, would your neighbourhood even notice?

We are in communities where people are struggling because of all sorts of challenges. A lot of folks in South Africa are facing tough economic times. Whatever the reasons for this, we cannot just sit back and blame the government or other organisations. Although we do not want to create a culture of dependence, we must step up and lend a hand. That might mean helping people learn new skills or find jobs, so they can take care of themselves.

Some of our local churches are doing amazing things in this area, with some inspiring success stories to tell. It is all about making a real difference in people’s lives right where we are.

INTEGRITY
Integrity is about being real and honest. It is about doing what is right at all times. As members and spiritual leaders, we need to lead by example. We cannot just talk about integrity; we must live it ourselves. Our actions should match our words. God can work wonders through a person who lives a holy life, but not through someone fake. In our worship services and our daily lives as followers of Jesus, we should be sincere. While we might stumble in various ways as believers, it is very difficult to regain integrity once it is lost.

RELATIONSHIPS
Strong, genuine connections are vital, especially considering our history of division and lingering racial tensions. It is crucial to strengthen the unity God has given us. This is a responsibility of each one of us as individual members of the AFM. Our relationships with family, co-workers, and church members are incredibly important. Building a healthy church relies on strong personal relationships. We need to demonstrate and teach this to our community.

ACCOUNTABILITY
We often expect accountability from others, but it must start with us as members and leaders. As believers, we are answerable to God, but the Bible tells us that we are also accountable to each other. In a world that values individualism, accountability in the church is non-negotiable. None of us can have authority if we are not also willing to be under authority.

EXCELLLENCE
We believe that everything we do should be done as if we are doing it for the Lord. Our personal lives and our ministry as believers must reflect this belief. We are responsible for excellence in all we do. It is a value that should not be based on the availability of resources. It is about a mindset that aims for excellence in all we do with what we have.

This Pastoral Letter was a synopsis of the AFM’s “Missional Actions and Values”. You are welcome to refer to and download the complete resources from the links below. We encourage our assemblies and members to use these resources in Bible Study groups, Cell Groups, Gatherings, Services and any other platforms.

Video Clips: WATCH HERE

One-Page Summaries: DOWNLOAD HERE

Friendly Regards!
Henri Weideman

Incwadi yokwaLusa Ikota yesi-2 2024

AFM Incwadi yokwaLusa Ikota yesi-2_2024

Mndeni we-AFM,

NgoMgqibelo zingama-25 kuNhlaba 2024, i-AFM yaseNingizimu Afrika igubhe iminyaka eyi-116 kusukela yasungulwa ngo-1908. Lemigubho yokuzalwa yayihlanganisa usuku lokuqhakambisa i-logo ye-AFM. Ngalolusuku amalunga eBandla lethu abekhangisa ngokuziqhenya i-logo ye-AFM lapho abekade ehlanganyele khona. Abaphathi beHhovisi lika-Zwelonke (NOB) bakhipha imilayezo ekhethekile mayelana “Nothumo lweBandla kanye nemigomo yokuziphatha” okwakuyingxenye yemigubho – futhi bekubeka ngembaba lokho okumele kube sezinhliziyweni nasemimoyeni wamalunga e-AFM bechaza futhi ukuthi i-AFM imeleni. Sikholelwa ukuthi ukubakhona kwe-AFM eNingizimu Afrika kunesizathu, ngakhoke masifeze injongo yethu yokuhlenga kanye neyokuletha isipholofitho sikaNkulunkulu ngomdlandla nangenkuthalo.

Kumayelana nokwazi uJesu ngokwengeziwe nokumbonakalisa kukho konke esikwenzayo njengamalunga asendulo eBandla. Nakuba engazange asebenzise igama elithi ngabathunyiweyo (missional), babephila njengabathunyiweyo. Uthumo lwethu luvela ngqo kuJesu. Wasithuma ukuba sihambise umlayezo wakhe wentethelelo yezono nomusa ezindaweni zonke.

UJesu akazange enze inkonzo yakhe ezindaweni zenkolo kuphela. Wayehlangana nabantu ezindaweni ababekuzo – emisebenzini, emakhaya abo, ezindleleni, nakuzozonke izindawo. Ukuba ngothunyiweyo kusho ukulandela isibonelo sakhe nokufinyelela kubo bonke abantu, kungakhathaliseki imvelaphi yabo noma isimo sabo. Emhlabeni obonakala uqhilela inkolo ngaphandle njengento engabalulekile, kuyadingeka ukuthi sicabange kabusha ukuthi sizibandakanya kanjani nemiphakathi yethu. Ukuba ngothunyiweyo kusho ukuba ngumzekelo wothando nobukhona bukaKristu kuzo zonke izingxenye zokuphila kwethu, sibe njengaye ngefuthe esinalo kubangane bethu, kulabo esakhelene nabo nasezikhungwini zemisebenzi yethu.

Ukuba ngothunyiweyo akumele kube yinto nje yokubheka izinto ngokomqondo, izinhlelo, noma amazwi. Uma sikhuluma “Ngokwenza uThumo lwethu” nsuku zonke kumele kube yinto esobala futhi ephathekayo. Abaphathi beHhovisi lika-Zwelonke (NOB) bazokwabelana ngezindlela zokuphetha uthumo lwethu.

“Kwangathi ilunga elinye nelinye le-AFM lingaba nogqozi lokuthi lazi uJesu ngokwedlulele futhi lazise nabanye ngaloJesu!”

Loku bazokwenza ngeziqeshana ezimfushane, ezizwisiseka kalula zamavidiyo. Ngiyethemba ukuthi lokhu kuzoletha ugqozi kuwo onke amalungu ethu, abefundisi, kanye ne-gigungu eziphethe amabandla ethu, lokuthi bangakhulumi nje, noma benze izinhlelo ngalokhu kodwa benze loko okufanele. Kwangathi ilunga elinye nelinye le-AFM lingaba nogqozi lokuthi lazi uJesu ngokwedlulele futhi lazise nabanye ngaloJesu!

Lo mBhalo usho ukuthi nakuba singekwazi ukutshela wonke umuntu ngakho konke uNkulunkulu asenzele kona, kufanele senze ngokusemandleni ethu ukuthi sikhulume ngako. Kungakhathaliseki ukuthi yinto enkulu njengesimanga sokuphiliswa noma into encane njengokuhlinzekwa ngesidingo esithile ebesingazi ukuthi sizosithola kanjani. UNkulunkulu usenzele okuningi kakhulu, futhi kufanelekile sikhulume ngako. Lapho senza kanjalo, akugcini nje ngokukhuthaza abanye kodwa futhi kusikhumbuza ngokwethembeka kukaNkulunkulu. Kuyindlela enamandla yobufakazi ngobukhona bukaNkulunkulu ezimpilweni zethu. Abantu bangahluka ngokwezenkolo nangemibhalo yezenkolo, kodwa abakwazi ukuphikisana nento, wena siqu sakho, odlule kuyo. Ukukhuluma ngalokho uNkulunkulu akwenzele kona kwenza ukuthi labo ohlala nabo, nabo bamazi uNkulunkulu. Masihambise izwi futhi sinikeze udumo kuNkulunkulu wethu omangalisayo oqhubeka ngokusenzela okuningi!

“UNkulunkulu usenzele okuningi kakhulu, futhi kufanelekile ukukhuluma ngako.”

UJesu wathi, “… Hambani nenze izizwe zonke abafundi, nibabhabhadise egameni likaYise neleNdodana nelikaMoya oNgcwele. Nibafundise ukugcina konke enginiyale ngakho.” (Ngokuka-Mathewu 28:19-20 ZUL20). Kodwa akukhona nje ukusabalalisa izwi; kodwa kuphathelene nokusiza abantu ukuba baphile ngalo. Uma singakwenzi lokho, kosho ukuthi kasilandeli lokho uJesu asicela khona. Ukuba ngumfundi akukona nje ukufunda; kumayelana nokunikezwa amandla. Yingakho amakholwa amasha edinga umfutho ongokomoya futhi abhabhadiswe ngoMoya oNgcwele (Izenzo 1:8). Uma uvumela uMoya oNgcwele ukuthi akuhole, ukuthi wenze njengoJesu kuba yinto ezenzakalelayo (2 Kwabase-Korinte 3:18).

Uzokhula futhi ekukhiqizeni izithelo zikaMoya njengalezi – uthando, injabulo, ukuthula, nezinye izithelo esifunda ngazo Kwabase-Galathiya 5:22.

Kodwa nansi enye into: Siyantula. Noma amaKristu ekhona kwindawo zonke, imiphakathi yethu ikhungethwe izinkinga. Mhlawumbe kungenxa yokuthi sinamaKristu amaningi, angamaKristu “ngegama kuphela”, kodwa hhayi abafundi beqiniso. Isonto alikwazi ukusindisa umuntu; uNkulunkulu kuphela ongakwazi. Kodwa kungumsebenzi wethu ukuletha abantu Kuye, ukubasiza ukuba bakhule babe ngabalandeli bakaJesu abavuthiwe (Kwabse-Efesu 4:12). Lokho kusho ukushumayela, ukufundisa, ukuhola ngesibonelo nokwakha ubuhlobo bangempela. Kungumsebenzi omkhulu, kodwa yilokho esithunywe khona.

Umgomo okuyiwonawona ukukhula njengomlandeli kaJesu weqiniso okwazi ukuqhuba uthumo lukaNkulunkulu. Akulona iqiniso ukuthi abefundisi kuphela “ababiziwe” nokuthi abanye bangabethameli bezinkonzo nje. Njengawo wonke amalungu e-AFM, nawe ubiziwe nguNkulunkulu ukuba ube yingxenye ngokuphelele emzimbeni kaKristu, wabelana ngomyalezo kaJesu ngendlela ophila ngayo nangomsebenzi wakho.

“Zimbandakanye ngenkuthalo ezinkonzweni zangesonto lakho, ezinkonzweni ezinye nasemicimbini ehlelwa yisonto.”

“Ukuphumela obala ngezenzo nezinqumo zethu kubonisa ubuqotho.”

Ukuphumela obala ngezenzo nezinqumo zethu kubonisa ubuqotho. Ekugcineni, kumayelana nokunakekela abantu bakaNkulunkulu nezifiso zakhe. Ukuphila ngobuqotho bukaNkulunkulu ngasosonke isikhathi, akuyona into elula, ikakhulukazi emhlabeni ogcwele izilingo nezinto eziphazamisayo. Kodwa ngokuhlala sibambelele kulezozinto esikholelwa kuzo njengebandla nanjengamalunga ebandla, futhi sinokuziphendulela, senza izinto ngokwethembeka, nangendlela eyenza ukuthi izenzo sethu zibesobala, singamhlonipha uNkulunkulu futhi sibeneqhaza kwezenhlalakahle ebandleni Lakhe.

Sikhuthaza abefundisi namalungu ethu ukuthi bangabi ngabazikhethayo kwamanye amakholwa, kodwa sibe nomqondo wokwakha uMbuso kaNkulunkulu. Lokho kusho ukuqhakambisa ukukhula koMbuso kaNkulunkulu nokwakha ubudlelwano namanye amabandla aletha impilo ohlangothini lukaMoya. Lokhu akusho ukuthi abantu bashintshe amasonto; kodwa kumayelana nokulangazelela ukubona uMbuso kaNkulunkulu ukhula kuzozonke izindawo. Alikho isonto elilodwa elingaguqula idolobha noma idolobhakazi ngokwalo. Uma sicabangisisa ngothumo lwethu, sikhumbula amazwi kaJesu Evangelini NgokukaLuka 9:50: “Ongamelene nani ungakini.” Kungumgomo osiyisisekelo sothumo lwethu ukuthi amasonto akufanele asebenze ngokudicilelana phansi. Asikwazi ngempela ukuba isonto eligxilile emsebenzini walo uma singawunaki umzimba kaKristu ngobubanzi bawo. Imizamo eminingi yokufinyelela abantu bonke ingasebenza kakhulu uma amasonto esebenza ngokubambisana. Singakwazi ukugubha imicimbi efana noSuku lo-Nyuko, noKhisimusi ndawonye, kanye nokusebenzisana ukuze sifinyelele imiphakathi yethu nezidingo zayo.

Umsebenzi wethu wokufinyelela emiphakathini yethu uyingxenye enkulu ekufezeni uthumo, futhi akukhona ukushumayela nje kuphela. Kumayelana nokuzwisisa izimo zangempela abantu ababhekene nazo. Igalelo lethu ekusizeni imiphakathi yethu, yilona eliyinkomba yokuthi siphumelela kangakanani ukufeza lokho esikuthunyiwe. Uke uzibuze yini ukuthi abakhelene nesonto lakho bangaqaphela na, uma iminyango yesonto lakho isivalwe okomphela?  Sisemiphakathini ehluphekayo futhi ekhungethwe izinselelo eziningi.  Abantu abaningi eNingizimu Afrika babhekene nezikhathi ezinzima kwezomnotho. Kungakhathaliseki ukuthi yini imbangela yalesisimo, asikwazi ukuhlala sisonge izandla, sisole uhulumeni noma ezinye izinhlangano. Nakuba singafuni ukubhebhethekisa umkhuba wobunxibi kwabanye abantu, kumele sibhukule kube nalapho sifaka isandla khona. Lokho kungaba ukusiza abantu bafunde amakhono amasha noma bathole imisebenzi, ukuze bakwazi ukuzinakekela.

Amanye amabandla ethu enza izinto ezimangalisayo kulomkhakha, okuhambisana nezindaba zempumelelo ezikhuthazayo. Konke kumayelana nokwenza umehluko wangempela ezimpilweni zabantu kanye nalapho sikhona.

UBUQOTHO
Ubuqotho bumayelana nobuwena ngokwempela nokwethembeka. Njengamalungu kanye nabaholi bakaMoya kumele sihole ngokuthi sibe ngumzekelo. Asikwazi ukukhuluma nje ngobuqotho; kumele sibuphile. Izenzo zethu kufanele zihambisane namazwi ethu. UNkulunkulu angasebenza izimangaliso ngomuntu ophila impilo engcwele, kodwa hhayi ngomuntu ophila inkohliso. Ezinkonzweni zethu zangamaSonto nasekuphileni kwethu kwansuku zonke njengabalandeli bakaJesu, kufanele sibe ngabantu abaqotho. Nakuba sikhubeke ngezindlela ezihlukahlukene njengamakholwa, kunzima kakhulu ukubuyisela ubuqotho uma buke busilahlekele.

UBUDLELWANO
Ukuxhumana okunamandla, kwangempela kubalulekile, ikakhulukazi uma ucabangela ngomlando wethu wokwahlukana nokushuba kwesimo sobuhlanga okuhlala njalo kubonakala. Kubalulekile ukuqinisa ubunye uNkulunkulu asinike bona. Lona ngumthwalo wethu sonke njengamalungu e-AFM. Ubudlelwane bethu emindenini yethu, kulabo esisebenza nabo, namalungu ebandla bubaluleke kakhulu. Ukwakha ibandla elinempilo kuncike ebudlelwaneni obuqinile phakathi kwethu omunye komunye. Kudingeka sikhombise futhi sifundise umphakathi wethu ngalobubudlelwano.

UKUZIPHENDULELA
Sivamise ukulindela ukuziphendulela kwabanye, kodwa kumele kuqale ngathi njengamalungu nabaholi. Njengamakholwa, siziphendulela kuNkulunkulu. Kodwa iBhayibheli liyasitshela ukuthi siziphendulela omunye komunye. Ezweni eliqhakambisa umuntu oziphilela ngayedwana, ukuziphendulela esontweni yinto eingephiksani ngayo. Akekho kithi ongaba negunya phezu kwabanye uma yena engazimisele ukuba ngaphansi kwegunya lomunye.

UBUHLE BEQOPHELO ELIPHEZULU (UBUNYONINCO)
Sikholwa ukuthi konke esikwenzayo kufanele kwenziwe sengathi sikwenzela iNkosi. Ukuphila kwethu siqu nenkonzo yethu njengamakholwa kumele kubonise le nkolelo. Simele sibonise ubuhle beqophelo eliphezulu (ubunyoninco) kukho konke esikwenzayo. Kuyisisekelo sokuziphatha okungafanele sincike ekutholakaleni kwezinsiza. Kumayelana nesimo somqondo ohlose ubuhle beqophelo eliphezulu kukho konke esikwenzayo ngalokho esinakho.

Lencwadi yami ebhekiswe kubuholi iqukethe amazwibela omlayezo “Wokwenza uThumo kanye zeziSekelo zokuZiphatha kwebandla le-AFM” (Missional Actions and Values). Wamukelekile ukulandela lencwadi yami yaphambilini nokuthi uthole konke ekuqukethe ngokuthi usebenzise umbhalo wokuxhumana (video clip) olapha ngezansi. Sikhuthaza ukuthi amabandla namalungu ethu ukuthi asebenzise lezi zinsiza uma enezifundo ze-Bhayibheli emaBandleni, kuma-Cell Groups, nasemibuthanweni eniba nayo, ezinhlanganweni kanye nakuma-platforms okuxhumana.

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Ngezilokotho zobungane!
Henri Weideman

Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024

AGS Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal_2024

AGS Familie,

Op Saterdag 25 Mei 2024 het die AGS van SA ons 116de Verjaarsdagherdenking sedert die kerk se ontstaan in 1908 gevier. Die verjaarsdagvieringe het die tradisionele AGS Logo Dag ingesluit waartydens talle gemeentes en lede met trots die AGS Logo gedeel en ten toon gestel het. Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het spesiale inhoud oor “Missionale Aksies en Waardes” vrygestel as deel van die vieringe. Die doel was om direk met AGS Lidmate te praat en te verduidelik waarvoor die AGS staan. Ons glo dat die AGS vir ‘n rede in Suid-Afrika geplaas is, laat ons ons profetiese- en saligheidsdoel met entoesiasme en ywer vervul.

Jesus het nie sy bediening tot godsdienstige ruimtes beperk nie. Hy het mense ontmoet waar hulle was – by die werk, in hul huise, in die strate – oral. Om missionaal te wees beteken om Sy voorbeeld te volg en uit te reik na almal, ongeag agtergrond of status. In ons toenemend sekulêre wêreld moet ons herbesin oor hoe ons met ons gemeenskappe omgaan. Om missionaal te wees sluit in dat ons Christus se liefde en teenwoordigheid in elke deel van ons lewens beliggaam en strewe om soos Hy te word in die impak wat ons in ons eie vriendekringe, woonbuurte en werkplekke het.

“Mag elke lidmaat van die AGS geïnspireer word om Jesus beter te leer ken en Hom meer bekend te maak!”

Om Missionaal te wees mag nooit net oor konsepte, planne of woorde gaan nie. Dit moet ‘n werklikheid word in alledaagse Missionale Aksie. Die NOB het hierdie missionale aksies in kort maklik verstaanbare videogrepe gedeel. Ek vertrou dat al ons lidmate, Pastore en Gemeentebeheerliggame geïnspireer sal word om nie net hieroor te praat en te beplan nie, maar om daarvolgens te doen. Mag elke lidmaat van die AGS geïnspireer word om Jesus beter te leer ken en Hom meer bekend te maak!

Hierdie Skrif impliseer dat alhoewel ons dalk nie vir almal kan vertel van alles wat God vir ons gedoen het nie, ons steeds soveel moet deel as wat ons kan. Of dit nou iets groots is soos ‘n wonderbaarlike genesing of iets kleins soos om in ‘n spesifieke behoefte te voorsien wanneer ons nie geweet het hoe ons dit sou maak nie. God het soveel vir ons gedoen, en dit is die moeite werd om daaroor te praat. Wanneer ons dit doen, bemoedig dit nie net ander nie, maar herinner dit ons ook aan hoe getrou God is. Dit is die sterkste vorm van getuienis oor die werklikheid van God se teenwoordigheid in ons lewens. Mense kan verskil oor godsdienstige oortuigings en geskrifte, maar hulle kan nie regtig argumenteer teen jou en my persoonlike ervaring nie. Om te deel wat God vir jou gedoen het, is om Hom bekend te maak aan die mense rondom jou. Laat ons die woord versprei en eer gee aan ons wonderlike God wat aanhou om soveel vir ons te doen!

“God het soveel vir ons gedoen, en dit is die moeite werd om daaroor te praat.”

Jesus het gesê, “… Gaan dan, maak al die nasies my dissipels, en doop hulle in die Naam van die Vader en die Seun en die Heilige Gees. Leer hulle om alles te gehoorsaam wat Ek aan julle opgedra het.” (Matteus 28:19-20 NLV). Maar dit gaan nie net oor die verspreiding van die Woord nie; dit gaan daaroor om mense te inspireer om werklik daarvolgens te lewe. As ons dit nie doen nie, voer ons nie regtig uit wat Jesus gevra het nie. Dissipelskap gaan nie net oor die oordrag van inligting nie; dit gaan oor bemagtiging tot ‘n lewenswyse. Dit is waarom nuwe gelowiges ‘n geestelike hupstoot nodig het en in die Heilige Gees gedoop moet word (Hand. 1:8). Wanneer ‘n mens toelaat dat die Heilige Gees jou lei, begin jy natuurlik meer soos Jesus optree (2 Kor 3:18). Jy sal ook groei in die voortbring van die vrugte van die Gees soos – liefde, vreugde, vrede en die ander waarvan ons in Galasiërs 5:22 lees.

Maar hier is die ding: Ons skiet tekort. Ten spyte van al die Christene in die omgewing, is ons samelewing steeds vol probleme. Miskien is dit omdat sommige van ons slegs “in naam” Christene het, maar nie ware dissipels is nie. Die kerk kan niemand red nie; net God kan. Maar dit is ons taak om mense na Hom toe te lei en hulle te help om volwasse volgelinge van Jesus te word (Efesiërs 4:12). Dit beteken prediking, onderrig, leiding deur voorbeeld en die bou van werklike verhoudings. Dit is ‘n groot taak, maar dit is waarvoor ons geroep word.

Om dissipels te maak, sluit in om hulle toe te rus. As ‘n volgeling van Jesus Christus en ‘n lidmaat van die AGS, moet jy weet dat jy ‘n rol het om te speel in God se plan. Almal van ons het Godgegewe vermoëns en Gawes om te deel, hetsy by die werk, met familie of op enige ander plek. Ons moet ons geloof prakties in die alledaagse lewe uitlééf. Om dit te kan doen, moet ons toegerus wees. Daarom moet lidmate opleidingsgeleenthede by hul plaaslike gemeente bywoon. Wees aktief betrokke by die Sondagdienste, bedieninge en ander aktiwiteite.

Die hoofdoel is om te groei as ‘n ware volgeling van Jesus, wat God se missie kan uitvoer. Dit is nie waar dat net pastore “geroep” word en almal anders net aktiwitiete bywoon nie. Soos elke lidmaat van die AGS, is jy deur God geroep om voltyds deel van die liggaam van Christus te wees en om die boodskap van Jesus deur jou lewe en werk te deel.

Op dieselfde manier moet ons ‘n ogie hou oor hoe die hulpbronne van die kerk bestuur word. Dit is deel van ons getuienis as volgelinge van Jesus en gaan nie daaroor om mense te probeer beheer of te keer om inisiatief te neem nie. Wanneer ons opreg met God en eerlik met ander is, sal ons nie wegskram van aanspreeklikheid en deursigtigheid nie. Om openlik te wees oor ons optrede en besluite toon integriteit. Uiteindelik gaan dit oor die versorging van God se kinders en Sy belange.

“Om openlik te wees oor ons optrede en besluite toon integriteit.”

Om met Goddelike integriteit en karakter te leef, is nie altyd maklik nie, veral nie in ‘n wêreld vol versoekings en afleidings nie. Deur getrou te bly aan ons oortuigings, en as kerk en individuele lidmate verantwoordbaar te wees, en met eerlikheid en deursigtigheid op te tree, kan ons God eer en bydra tot die welsyn van Sy kerk.

Ons moedig ons pastore en lidmate aan om nie eksklusief te wees nie, maar om ‘n Koninkryksgesinde gesindheid te hê. Dit beteken om die groei van die Koninkryk van God eerste te stel en verhoudings met ander lewegewende kerke te bou. Dit gaan nie daaroor dat mense van kerke verwissel nie; dit gaan daaroor om God se Koninkryk oral te sien groei. Geen enkele kerk kan ‘n hele dorp of stad verander nie. Met ons sending in gedagte, onthou ons Jesus se woorde in Lukas 9:50: “Enigiemand wat nie teen julle is nie, is vir julle.”

Dit is ‘n basiese beginsel van sending dat kerke nie teen mekaar moet werk nie. Ons kan nie werklik ‘n missionale kerk wees as ons die breër liggaam van Christus ignoreer of misken nie. Baie uitreikpogings sal meer effektief wees as kerke saamwerk. Ons kan geleenthede soos Hemelvaartdag en Kersfees saam vier, asook kragte saamsnoer vir gemeenskapsuitreik.

Ons missie om uit te reik na ons gemeenskappe is ‘n groot deel van ons missionale optrede, en dit gaan nie net oor woorde nie. Dit gaan ook daaroor om relevant te wees vir die werklike probleme waarmee mense te kampe het. Hoeveel ons ons gemeenskappe kan bystaan, wys hoe suksesvol ons in ons missie is. Dink daaraan: As jou kerk sou sluit, sal jou buurt dit agterkom?

Ons is in gemeenskappe waar mense sukkel as gevolg van allerhande uitdagings. Baie mense in Suid-Afrika beleef moeilike ekonomiese tye. Wat ook al die redes hiervoor is, ons kan nie net terugsit en die regering of ander organisasies blameer nie. Alhoewel ons nie ‘n kultuur van afhanklikheid wil skep nie, moet ons opstaan en hand bysit. Dit kan beteken dat ons mense bystaan om nuwe vaardighede aan te leer of werk te kry, sodat hulle vir hulself kan sorg.

Sommige van ons gemeentes doen wonderlike dinge op hierdie gebied, met ‘n paar inspirerende suksesverhale om te vertel. Dit gaan daaroor om ‘n daadwerklike verskil in mense se lewens te maak net waar ons is.

INTEGRITEIT
Integriteit gaan daaroor om eg en eerlik te wees. Om te alle tye te doen wat reg is. As lidmate en geestelike leiers moet ons deur voorbeeld lei. Ons kan nie net oor integriteit praat nie; ons moet dit self uitleef. Ons dade moet ooreenstem met ons woorde. God kan wonders doen deur iemand wat ‘n heilige lewe lei, maar nie deur iemand wat vals is nie. In ons eredienste en in ons daaglikse lewe as volgelinge van Jesus moet ons opreg wees. Hoewel ons as gelowiges op verskeie maniere kan struikel, is dit baie moeilik om weer integriteit te herwin wanneer dit verlore is.

VERHOUDINGS
Sterk en egte verbintenisse is noodsaaklik, veral in die lig van ons geskiedenis van verdeeldheid en voortslepende rassespanning. Dit is van kardinale belang om die eenheid wat God aan ons gegee het, te versterk. Dit is ‘n verantwoordelikheid van elkeen van ons as individuele lede van die AGS. Ons verhoudings met familie, medewerkers en lidmate is ongelooflik belangrik. Die bou van ‘n gesonde kerk berus op sterk persoonlike verhoudings. Ons moet dit vir ons gemeenskap leer en demonstreer.

AANSPREEKBAARHEID
Ons verwag dikwels aanspreekbaarheid van ander, maar dit moet by ons as lidmate en leiers begin. As gelowiges is ons verantwoordbaar teenoor God, maar die Bybel leer dat ons ook teenoor mekaar verantwoordbaar is. In ‘n wêreld wat individualisme najaag, is aanspreekbaarheid in die kerk ononderhandelbaar. Nie een van ons kan gesag hê as ons nie ook bereid is om onder gesag te staan nie.

UITNEMENDHEID
Ons glo dat alles wat ons doen gedoen moet word asof ons dit vir die Here doen. Ons persoonlike lewens en ons bediening as gelowiges moet hierdie oortuiging weerspieël. Ons is verantwoordelik vir uitnemendheid in alles wat ons doen. Dit is ‘n waarde wat nie gebaseer moet wees op die beskikbaarheid van hulpbronne nie. Dit gaan oor ‘n ingesteldheid wat uitnemendheid nastreef in alles wat ons doen met dit wat ons het.

Hierdie Pastorale Brief is ‘n samevatting van die AGS se “Missionale Aksies en Waardes.” Jy is welkom om na van die onderstaande skakels te verwys en die volledige bronne af te laai. Ons moedig ons gemeentes en lidmate aan om hierdie hulpbronne in Bybelstudiegroepe, selgroepe, byeenkomste, dienste en enige ander platforms te gebruik.

Videogrepe: KYK HIER
Een bladsy Opsommings: LAAI HIER AF

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: . A Society That Reflects Christ-Like Virtues In Every Area Of Life

AFM Newsflash_Friday_31May24

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/
Updated: Bible Sunday, 22 Sept

NOB Empowerment Visits:

Video Presentations:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHZ-vDUA6kMofnqEh6gh0NlX

PowerPoint Presentations:
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

NOB Empowerment Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024

 

Dear Colleague,

1.A SOCIETY THAT REFLECTS CHRIST-LIKE VIRTUES IN EVERY AREA OF LIFE
1.UMPHAKATHI OBONAKALISA IZIMPAWU ZOKUZIPHATHA OKUHE NJENGOKOMZEKELO KAKRISTU KUZO ZONKE IZIGABA ZOKUPHILA

Child Protection:
Child protection is a crucial aspect of societal well-being. Ensuring that our children are safe from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence is a responsibility we all share. Effective child protection must foster a healthy, supportive atmosphere that contributes to the overall (spiritual, physical, emotional, and psychological) development of children. Jesus answered his own question “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of God?” by placing a child amongst his disciples (Math 18:1-5). We have a collective responsibility to nurture and protect our children. Let us do so with intent.

Practically, this involves a multi-faceted approach: Legal frameworks, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – set global standards for children’s rights. Local and national laws enforce these standards, providing mechanisms for reporting and addressing abuses. Educational programs raise awareness among children and adults about the signs of abuse and the importance of seeking help. Social services are crucial for intervening in at-risk situations.

All of this means nothing if we do not ensure that we do what we can and should to inform and empower parents and educators to really care for and protect our children. These actions should be carried out in our own homes, communities, families and churches.

Ukuvikelwa kwezingane:
Ukuvikeleka kwezingane kuyinto ebalulekile kwinhlalakahle emphakathini. Ukuqinisekisa ukuthi izingane zethu ziphephile ekuhlukunyezweni, esimweni sokunganakekeleki, ekuxhashazweni, kanye nasodlameni kuwumsebenzi wethu sonke. Ukuvikelwa kwezingane okunefuthe kuyilokho okugqugquzela impilo futhi kukhuthaze isimo esisekela ukukhula kwengane nhlangothi zonke (ngokomoya, ngokwenyama, ngokwemizwa, nangokwengqondo). Encwadini ngokukaMathewu 18:1-5: UJesu waphendula umbuzo abekade ewubuzile owawuthi: “Ngubani omkhulu embusweni kaNkulunkulu na?” Wawuphendula ngokuthatha umntwana ambeke phakathi kwabafundi bakhe. Sinomsebenzi esimele siwenze ngokuhlanganyela okungumsebenzi wokukhulisa nokuvikela izingane zethu. Masikwenze lokhu ngokuzimisela okukhulu nangokungananazi.

Ukwenza lokhu kufakelela izindlela ezahlukahlukene. Lapha singabala izinhlaka eziphathelene nezomthetho njengalokho okwagunyazwa yiNgqungquthela Yamazwe omhlaba ukuthi kungamalungelo ezingane. Amazwe onke kuhlanganisa nemiphakathi yonke, kulindeleke ukuthi abeke imibandela yokuthi lemithetho izolandelwa kanjani afuthi ahlinzeke ngezindlela zokubika izigameko zokuhlukunyezwa kwezingane. Kumele amazwe abe nezinhlelo zokufundisa nokuqwashisa abantwana kanye nabantu abadala mayelana nezimpawu zokuhlukumezeka kanye nokubaluleka kokufuna usizo. Umnyango kahulumeni wezenhlalakahle kubalulekile ukuthi ungenelele ezimweni ezibucayi nezinobungozi.

Konke lokhu akuzosho lutho uma singaqiniseki ukuthi senza konke okusemandleni ethu nokufanele sikwenze ukwazisa nokuhlomisa abazali nalabo abafundisa izingane ukuthi bakhathalele futhi bavizikele. Loqwashiso kumele lufinyelele emakhaya ethu, emiphakathini yethu, emindenini yethu nasemabandleni ethu.

Youth- and Father’s Day: 
Youth and fathers hold a special place in shaping our communities and the future. Young people bring energy, fresh ideas, and hope. They are eager to learn and make their mark in the world. Fathers, on the other hand, provide guidance, wisdom, and support. They can assist young people in navigating life’s challenges, teaching them important values and skills.

As we celebrate Youth- and Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June, let us remember that the connection between youth and fathers is especially important. When fathers are actively and positively involved in their children’s lives, it can make a big difference. They inspire confidence, provide a sense of security, and are role models. This bond helps young people feel loved and supported, which is crucial for their development. Fathers can also learn from their children, gaining new perspectives and staying connected to a changing world. Together, they can build strong family relationships and create a positive ripple effect in our communities.

This dynamic partnership is vital for fostering responsible, caring individuals who contribute to society. In essence, the relationship between youth and fathers is a cornerstone of personal growth and community strength, highlighting the importance of mutual respect, understanding, and shared experiences.

Usuku lwaBasha noBaba
Abantu abasha nobaba baneqhaza elikhethekile ekubunjweni kwemiphakathi yethu nekusasa layo. Abantu abasha banamandla nemibono emisha kanye nokuba nethemba. Bazimisele ukufunda nokucaba indlala yabo emhlabeni. Ngakolunye uhlangothi obaba banikeza izeluleko, ubuchule nokweseka. Bangakwazi ukusiza abantu abasha ekubhekaneni nezinselelo zempilo ngokubafundisa imigomo emihle yokuziphatha namakhono okwenza izinto zenzeke.

Njengoba sizobe sigubha usuku lwa-Basha nosuku loBaba mhla zi-16 kuNhlangulana (June), masikhumbule ukuthi ukuxhumana phakathi kwabasha nawobaba kubaluleke kakhulu. Uma obaba bebamba iqhaza elinomfutho futhi elibonakalayo ezimpilweni zabantwana babo, lokhu kungenza umehluko omkhulu. Obaba bagqugquzela ukuzethemba, baqinisekisa umuzwa wokuzizwa uvikelekile futhi bangaba yizibonelo ezinhle. Ukuxhumana ngalendlela kwenza ukuthi abantu abasha bazizwe bethandwa futhi bethola ukwesekwa, okuyinto ebalulekile ekukhuleni kwabo. Ngakwelinye icala kunezinto nabo obaba abangazifunda kubantwana babo, bathole indlela ezintsha zokubuka nokwenza izinto ngendlela ehlukile futhi babasize ukuthi bahlale banolwazi ukuthi kwenzekani emhlabeni oguquguqukayo. Nogkubambisana, bangakha ubudlelwano obuqinile emindenini, obungaba nomthelela omuhle emimphakathini esakhelene nayo. Ukubambisana okunamandla ngalendlela kubalulelike ekukhuthazeni abantu ukuba babenokuziphendulela, babe ngabantu abanakekelayo futhi babambe iqhaza emphakathini.

Empeleni ubudlelwano obuhle phakathi kwentsha kanye nobaba buyisisekelo sokukhula komuntu ngamunye, futhi kunika amandla ukuthi umphakathi uqhakambise ukubaluleka kokuhloniphana, nokuzwisisana, nokucobelelana ngezimo nezigigaba abantu abedlule kuzona.

SA National Elections:
The national elections in South Africa on 29 May 2024 have led to some changes and reactions across the country. The results bring a mixture of excitement and concern among many people. Some are hopeful about new leadership emerging, believing that they will bring positive changes and address important issues like unemployment, education, and service delivery.

Others are more cautious, unsure if the new government and administration will deliver on promises made. There have been celebrations in some areas, while in others, there have been calls for accountability. The political landscape has shifted, with some smaller parties gaining more influence.

As the elected leaders take office, South Africans are watching closely to see how their plans will unfold and impact our daily lives. Overall, the election has set the stage for a period of transition and adjustment as our democracy moves forward. As believers, we should not stop praying now but heed the words of 1 Tim 2:1-2 that urges us to pray for our leaders and all those in authority, so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Ukhetho lukazwelonke lwaseNingizimu Afrika:
UKhetho lukazwelonke eNingizimu Afrika obukade bungomhla zingama-29 kuNhlaba (May) 2024 luzoholela ezinguqukweni ezithile nasemizweni ethile ngalolukhetho ezweni lonke. Imiphumela iletha imizwa eyahlukene engaba nesasasa noma ukukhathazeka. Abanye banethemba ukuthi ubuholi obusha buzoletha izinguquko ezinhle futhi bubhekane nezinkinga ezibalulekile njengokwentuleka kwemisebenzi, imfundo kanye nokuhlinzekwa kwezidingo-ngqangi.

Abanye baqaphe ngeso lokhozi, kabanasiqiniseo sokuthi uhulumeni omusha nabaphathi abasha bazokwazi ukufeza izethembiso abazenzile. Kube nemigubho kwezinye izindawo kanti kwezinye kube nekhwelo lokuthi akube khona ukuziphendulela ezintweni ezenzekayo nezenzekile. Isimo sezombangazwe sesiguqukile ngoba amanye amaqembu amancane athole ithuba elithe-xaxa.

Njengoba ubuholi obukhethiwe bungena ezikhundleni, abantu baseNingizimu Afrika bababheke ngeso lokhozi ukuze babone ukuthi izinhlelo zalobubuholi zizoqhubeka kanjani nokuthi zizoba namuphi umthelela ezimpilweni zabo zansuku zonke.

Uma sengigoqa, ukhetho lolu lulethe isikhathi sezinguquko, njengoba intando yeningi iqhubekela phambili. Njengamakholwa masingayeki ukukhuleka kodwa masilalele amazwi encwadini yokuqala kaThimothewu (1 Timothy) 2:1-2 lapho sikhuthazwa khona ukuthi sithandazele abaholi bethu nabobonke abaphethe, ukuze siphile impilo enokuthula, sikwazi ukubonisa ukumesaba uNkulunkulu nokuhamba ngobungcwele.

2. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

The National Office Bearers received various requests to make the presentation materials of the 2024 NOB Empowerment Visits available. Videos and presentations are now available for download from the following links:

Video Presentations:

PowerPoint Presentations:
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

For any enquiries about these resources, kindly contact:
AFM Communication: chantalle@afm-ags.org

We would also like to present all delegates who attended any of the NOB Empowerment sessions with the opportunity to share feedback and suggestions. This input is considered when the National Office Bearers plan their 2025 Empowerment Visits. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your insights and recommendations with us. Thank you for assisting us in sharing this survey link with all delegates (Pastors, Governing Body Members, Department Representatives, Members and the Youth) who attended any of the NOB Empowerment sessions of 2024:

Complete the Survey Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024

3. UPCOMING EVENTS

Make sure to connect with information about upcoming empowerment- and conference opportunities:

National Youth Conference (20-22 June 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/national-youth-conference-20-22-june/

National Sisters’ Fellowship Conference (12,13 & 14 July 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: ‘n Samelewing Wat Christus-Waardes in elke Lewensarea Weerspieël

 AGS Nuusflits_Vrydag_31Mei24

AGS van SA Kalender 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/
Opgedateer: Bybel Sondag, 22 Sept

NOB Bemagtiging Besoeke:

Video-Aanbiedings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHZ-vDUA6kMofnqEh6gh0NlX 

Power Point Aanbiedings:
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

NOB Bemagtiging Besoeke Vraelys:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024 

 

Liewe AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N SAMELEWING WAT CHRISTUS-WAARDES IN ELKE LEWENSAREA WEERSPIEËL

Kinderbeskerming:

Kinderbeskerming is ‘n belangrike aspek van maatskaplike welstand. Om te verseker dat ons kinders veilig is teen mishandeling, verwaarlosing, uitbuiting en geweld, is ‘n verantwoordelikheid wat ons almal deel. Doeltreffende kinderbeskerming moet ‘n gesonde, ondersteunende atmosfeer bevorder wat bydra tot die algehele (geestelike, fisiese, emosionele en sielkundige) ontwikkeling van kinders. Jesus beantwoord sy eie vraag “Wie is die belangrikste in die koninkryk van die hemel?” deur ‘n kind tussen sy dissipels te plaas (Matth 18:1-5). Ons het ‘n kollektiewe verantwoordelikheid om ons kinders te koester en te beskerm. Kom ons doen dit met doelgerigtheid.

Prakties behels dit ‘n veelsydige benadering: Wetlike raamwerke, soos die Verenigde Nasies se Konvensie oor die Regte van die Kind, stel globale standaarde vir kinderregte. Plaaslike en nasionale wette handhaaf hierdie standaarde, wat meganismes bied om misbruik aan te meld en aan te spreek. Opvoedkundige programme verhoog bewustheid onder kinders en volwassenes oor die tekens van mishandeling en die belangrikheid daarvan om hulp te soek. Maatskaplike dienste speel ‘n belangrike rol om in risikosituasies in te gryp.

Dit alles beteken niks, as ons nie verseker dat ons doen wat ons kan en moet doen, om ouers en opvoeders in te lig en te bemagtig om ons kinders na behore te versorg en te beskerm. Hierdie aksies moet plaasvind in ons eie huise, gemeenskappe en Gemeentes.

Jeug- en Vadersdag:

Jeug en vaders beklee ‘n spesiale plek in die vorming van ons gemeenskappe en die toekoms. Jongmense bring energie, vars idees en hoop. Hulle is gretig om te leer en hul stempel op die wêreld af te druk. Pa’s, aan die ander kant, gee leiding, wysheid en ondersteuning. Hulle kan jongmense help om die uitdagings van die lewe te navigeer en hulle belangrike waardes en vaardighede te leer.

Terwyl ons Jeug- en Vadersdag op Sondag 16 Junie vier, moet ons onthou dat die band tussen jongmense en pa’s baie belangrik is. Wanneer pa’s aktief en positief by hul kinders se lewens betrokke is, kan dit ‘n groot verskil maak. Hulle inspireer vertroue, ‘n gevoel van veiligheid en is rolmodelle. Hierdie band skep by jongmense ‘n gevoel van geliefdheid en ondersteuning, wat noodsaaklik is vir hulle gesonde ontwikkeling. Vaders kan ook by hul kinders leer, nuwe perspektiewe kry en in kontak bly met die veranderende wêreld. Saam kan hulle sterk gesinsverhoudinge bou en ‘n positiewe rimpeleffek in ons gemeenskappe skep.

Hierdie dinamiese vennootskap is noodsaaklik vir die ontwikkeling van verantwoordelike, sorgsame individue wat bydra tot die samelewing. In wese is die verhouding tussen ons jeug en vaders ‘n hoeksteen van persoonlike groei en gemeenskapskrag, wat die belangrikheid van wedersydse respek, begrip en gedeelde ervarings beklemtoon.

SA Nasionale Verkiesings:

Die nasionale verkiesing in Suid-Afrika op 29 Mei 2024 het tot ‘n paar veranderinge en reaksies regoor die land gelei. Die resultate bring ‘n mengsel van opwinding en kommer onder baie mense. Sommige is hoopvol dat die nuwe leierskap wat navore kom positiewe veranderinge sal meebring en belangrike kwessies soos werkloosheid, onderwys en dienslewering sal aanspreek.

Ander is versigtiger, onseker of die nuwe regering en administrasie beloftes wat gemaak is, sal kan nakom. Daar is vieringe in sommige areas, terwyl daar by ander oproepe tot aanspreeklikheid is. Die politieke landskap het verskuif, met sommige kleiner partye wat meer invloed gekry het.

Terwyl die verkose leiers hul ampte betree, hou Suid-Afrikaners hulle fyn dop om te sien hoe hul planne gaan ontvou en hoe dit ons daaglikse lewe gaan beïnvloed. Oor die algemeen het die verkiesing die weg gebaan vir ‘n tydperk van oorgang en aanpassing soos wat ons demokrasie vorentoe beweeg. As gelowiges moet ons nie nou ophou bid nie, maar ag slaan op die woorde van 1 Tim 2:1-2 wat ons aanspoor om vir ons leiers en almal in gesag te bid, sodat ons ‘n rustige en stil lewe in alle eerbaarheid en in volkome toewyding aan God kan leef.

2. NOB-BEMAGTIGING BESOEKE

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers het verskeie versoeke ontvang om die aanbiedingsmateriaal van die 2024 NOB-bemagtigingsbesoeke beskikbaar te stel. Video’s en aanbiedings is nou beskikbaar vanaf die volgende skakels:

Video-aanbiedings:

PowerPoint-aanbiedings: 
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

Vir enige navrae oor hierdie hulpbronne, kontak asseblief:

AGS Kommunikasie: chantalle@afm-ags.org

Graag wil ons ook alle afgevaardigdes wat enige een van die NOB-bemagtigingsessies bygewoon het, die geleentheid bied om terugvoer en voorstelle te deel. Hierdie insette word oorweeg wanneer die Nasionale Ampsdraers hul 2025-bemagtigingsbesoeke beplan. Dankie dat jy ‘n paar minute neem om jou insigte en aanbevelings te deel. Dankie dat jy ons ook help om hierdie opnameskakel te stuur na alle afgevaardigdes (Pastore, Beheerliggaamlede, Departement Verteenwoordigers, Lidmate en die Jeug) wat enige van die NOB-bemagtigingsessies van 2024 bygewoon het:

Voltooi die vraelys hier : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024

3. OPKOMENDE OPLEIDINGS- EN KONFERENSIE GELEENTHEDE

Maak gerus seker dat jy bewus is van alle inligting rondom opkomende geleenthede:

National Youth Konferensie (20-22 Junie 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/national-youth-conference-20-22-june/

National Sisters’ Fellowship Konferensie (12,13 & 14 Julie 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: A Continuation of a Power Month

AFM Newsflash_The Continuation of a Power Month_English and Zulu_17May24

RESOURCES

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

NOB Empowerment Visits:

Video Presentations: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHZ-vDUA6kMofnqEh6gh0NlX

PowerPoint Presentations: 
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

NOB Empowerment Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024

 

Dear Colleague,

1.  A CONTINUATION OF A POWER MONTH
1.  SIQHUBEKA NGENYANGA YAMANDLA

Pentecost Sunday: 
Pentecost Sunday is a special day for us as believers because it marks the moment when the followers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit and the Christian church was born. According to the Bible in Acts 1:4-5 and Acts 2:1-4, Jesus promised his disciples the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost, the Spirit came down giving them the ability to speak in tongues and the power to be witnesses of Jesus.

This event, followed by Peter’s sermon and the establishment of the Church, means a lot to Pentecostal believers. It represents a powerful experience where believers are filled with the Holy Spirit, gaining spiritual gifts and strength. It encourages vibrant worship, deep prayer, and actively seeking the Holy Spirit. As Pentecostal believers, it is important for us to not just commemorate Pentecost Sunday, but to recognize the continuous work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to actively develop the spiritual gifts to serve others.

We have prepared another video message that will be released on Pentecost Sunday (Sunday, 19 May) – kindly make sure to join and share the message of Pentecost Sunday. We are looking forward to a powerful day of ministry, both within our congregations and outside the walls of our congregations.

ISonto le-Phentekoste:
ISonto le-Phentekoste liwusuku olukhethekile kithina njengamakholwa ngoba liyisikhathi esiyinqophamlando lapho abalandeli bakaJesu baphiwa uMoya oNgcwele kanti futhi luwusuku lokuzalwa kweBandla likaKrestu. NgokweBhayibheli, kwincwadi yeZenzo 1:4-5 kanye neZenzo 2:1-4 , uJesu wathembisa abafundi bakhe uMoya oNgcwele. Ngosuku lwe-Phentekoste, uMoya wehla wabapha ikhono lokukhuluma ngezinye izilimi namandla okufakaza ngokaJesu.

Lesi sehlakalo esalandelwa yintshumayelo KaPetru nokusungulwa kweBandla, sisho lukhulu kumakholwa kaMoya.  Lesisehlakalo simele isipiliyoni esinamandla ngesikhathi lawamakholwa egcwaliswa ngoMoya oNgcwele, futhi ezuza iziphiwo zikaMoya namandla. Sikhuthazela indumiso nokukhonza okuhambisana namandla, umthandazo ojulile, kanye nokufuna Umoya oNgcwele ngentshisekelo. Kubalulekile kithina makholwa kaMoya ukuthi singagicni nje, ngokukhumbula iSonto lePhentekoste, kodwa samukele futhi siqaphele umsebenzi uMoya oNgcwele aqhubeka nokuwenza ezimpilweni zethu futhi senze ukuthi iziphiwo zikaMoya zikhule ezimpiweni zethu, ukuze sikwazi ukukhonza abanye.

Siqophe omunye umlayezo wevidiyo ozokhululwa ngeSonto lePentekoste (NgeSonto – 19 kuNhlaba). Yenza ngakho konke okusemandleni akho ukuthi uhlanganyele kanye nathi nokuthi wabelane nabanye ngalomlayezo. Sesilulinde ngamehlo abomvu lolusuku lwenkonzo enamandla ezobonwa ngamalungu enkonzo yethu nalabo abangewona.

National Elections 2024: 
As South Africa prepares for its 2024 National elections on Wednesday, 29 May 2024 Christians are reminded of our responsibility to participate actively in shaping society. This is in line with Jesus’ call to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). By urging all our assemblies to prayerfully reflect on May 26, voting is framed not only as a civic duty but as a practical expression of our faith. It aligns with biblical teachings to seek the welfare of the city (Jeremiah 29:7) and to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Without specifying any specific political alignment, I encourage all our members to vote.  Believers are called to choose leaders who govern with integrity and uphold moral principles, contributing to a society reflecting Godly values such as justice, compassion, and the well-being of all.

Ukhetho lukazwelonke lwangonyaka ophezulu (2024): 
Njengoba iNingizimu Afrika ilungiselela ukhetho lwayo lukazwelonke lwalonyaka-ka2024 ngoLwesithathu, ngomhla wa-29 kuNhlaba kuwo lonyaka – ka2024, ngikhumbuza amaKristu ukuthi abambe iqhaza ngokuzimisela ekubumbeni imiphakathi yethu. Lokhu kuhambisana nemfundiso kaJesu yokuthi sibe wusawoti nokukhanya (NgokukaMathewu 5:13-16). Singakwenza lokhu ngokugqugquzela onke amaBandla ethu ukuthi acabangisise esemthandazweni ngalolusuku lomahla ka 26 kuNhlaba. Ukuvota akuyona into emelwe ukwenziwa amalungu omphakathati wodwa, kodwa nathi simele sibe yinxenye ngokuthi sibonakalise lokho esikholelwa kukho okuyingqikithi yenkolo yethu. Loku kuhambisana nezimfundiso zeBhayibheli zokukufuna inhlalakahle nalabo esakhlene nabo (Ku-Jeremiya 29:7 ) nokuthandazela labo abasemagunyeni ( 1 Thimothewu 2:1-2 ). Ngaphandle kokuphawula noma yini  ehambisana nezombangazwei, ngikhuthaza wonke amalungu ethu ukuthi avote. Amakholwa abizelwe ukuthi akhethe abaholi ababusa ngobuqotho futhi abagcina izimiso zokuziphatha okuhle, abanikezela ngezidingongqangi emphakathini futhi babonakalise ubulungisa, ububele, nenhlalakahle yabo bonke abantu.

AFM of SA 116th Birthday:
On Saturday, 25 May 2024 we celebrate the 116th birthday of the AFM of SA! As in the past we call on all our members to make the AFM visible by displaying and wearing the AFM logo in every way possible. AFM Logo Day has been part of the AFM Birthday celebrations for the past few years and we would like to continue with this tradition – flooding the South African landscape and social media with the AFM Logo which is a symbol of our Christian faith and beliefs.

This time the National Office Bearers will also share an exciting and informative video clip and resources about the AFM’s Missional Actions and Values as a church. The AFM was placed in South Africa for a reason, let us fulfil our redemptive and prophetic purpose with enthusiasm and diligence. We can not wait to share this powerful information with the church.

Umgubho wokuzalwa kweBandla I-AFM yaseNingizimu Afrika yeminyaka eyi-116:
NgoMgqibelo, kuNhlaba zingama-25 kulonyaka wezi-2024, sizobe sigubha iminyaka eyi-116 seloku iBandla leApostolic Faith Mission yaseNingizimu Afrika yasungulwa. Njengoba sacela phambilini, sisacela namanje ukuthi amaBandla ethu abonakalise lomgubho wokuzalwa kweBandla ngokuqhakambisa uphawu (logo) lweBandla lethu ngendlela abangakhona ngayo. Uphawu (logo) lweApostolic Faith Mission yaseNingizimu Afrika selube yingxenye yokugubha lolusuku kuleminyanya embalwa edlule. Siyathanda ukuqhubeka nalomkhuba wokugubha uzalo lweBandla lethu. Loku kuzokwenza ukuthi izwe lethu lonke nezinhlaka zonke zokuxhumana zibe nolwazi ngophawu lwethu olubonakalisa inkolo nemfundiso yeBandla lethu. Mayelana naloku, abaholi, esigabeni sikazwelonke sebandla, bazophinda babelane ngemibiko nani ngemibiko eqoshiwe kanye nezinsiza ezitholakala kuleliBandla eziphathelene nokuthi iBandla lethu yiziphi izinto elizenzayo ukuphetha uthumo lwalo (missional activities) namigomo yalo engamagugu empilweni yalo(values).

I-AFM yabekwa eNingizumu Afrika ngesizathu esithile, ngakho masifeze ubizo lwethu lokuhlenga nokukhuluma ngokangathandabuzi emiphakathini esikuyo nakulabo abasemagunyeni okubusa (prophetic ministry) nangobuchule. Sesikulungele ukuthi sabelane nani ngalemininingwane maduze nje.

2. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

The National Office Bearers received various requests to make the presentation materials of the 2024 NOB Empowerment Visits available. Videos and presentations are now available for download from the following links:

Video Presentations: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHZ-vDUA6kMofnqEh6gh0NlX 

PowerPoint Presentations: 
https://afm-ags.org/fan-into-flame-download-presentations/

For any enquiries about these resources, kindly contact:
AFM Communication: chantalle@afm-ags.org

We would also like to present all delegates who attended any of the NOB Empowerment sessions with the opportunity to share feedback and suggestions. This input is considered when the National Office Bearers plan their 2025 Empowerment Visits. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your insights and recommendations with us. Thank you for assisting us in sharing this survey link with all delegates (Pastors, Governing Body Members, Department Representatives, Members and the Youth) who attended any of the NOB Empowerment sessions of 2024:

Complete the Survey Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOBVisits2024 

3. UPCOMING EVENTS

Make sure to connect with information about upcoming empowerment- and conference opportunities:

National Youth Conference (20-22 June 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/national-youth-conference-20-22-june/

National Sisters’ Fellowship Conference (12,13 & 14 July 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman